From the Principal's Desk

April 15, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

Your team wins the Super Bowl! But after a couple of weeks – maybe even a couple of days – things are back to normal. You plan a terrific vacation! But by the time it’s over, you can’t wait to get home and have life return to normal. You make a great meal! But by the time dessert is being served, the last thing you want to do it take another bite. Your Savior is victorious over sin, death and the devil!

I hope that you notice what’s different about that last one. Jesus’ Easter victory doesn’t ever lose it’s joy, power, or impact on our lives. I know someone who ends every email with “Happy Easter” no matter what time of year it is. That’s the way that it should be for all of us. Jesus’ resurrection that we celebrate on Easter has a lasting effect on our lives every single day. It influences how we see others and the circumstances of our lives. It reassures us with the fact that we have a home in heaven waiting for us no matter what happens during our time on this Earth. So, Happy Easter!

2021-2022 School Year

We’re still waiting for a few of you to let us know  your plans for next school year. If you are returning to St. John’s, please complete the registration on Gradelink. You should have received an email from them with instructions on how to register. If you can’t find that, or if you need any help, please contact the school office. It looks like we will have some openings for new students. If you know of someone who is looking for a school for next year, please let them know about St. John’s. We’d love the chance to share the good news of Jesus with them!

Examination and Confirmation

Our eighth graders will have an opportunity to confess their faith next Thursday evening, April 22, at 6:45 in church during a public examination service. In this service, they will be given the opportunity to confess what they believe about God and his Word. These eighth graders will then be confirmed on Saturday, April 24, at 1:30. Once confirmed, these young men and women are invited to join their brothers and sisters in Christ for the Lord’s Supper on a regular basis. Due to COVID restrictions, only family members and guests are invited to attend of these services. If you’d like, you may watch both services online here. The seventh graders are invited to watch together online in their classroom on Thursday night.

WLHS Musical

The fifth through eighth graders will be attending the musical at Wisconsin Lutheran High School next Wednesday, April 21. This year’s musical is called “A Night on Broadway.”  The students will be walking there and back again in the morning.  Please complete and return the permission slip by Monday, April 19.

WLHS Honor Roll

Congratulations to the former St. John’s students who achieved honor roll at Wisconsin Lutheran High School for the third quarter: Alex Hernandez, Alyssa Ebeling, Annabelle Nault, Aubrey Mortl, Benjamin Haakenson, Chloe Campbell, Clara Kammholz, David Pagel, Eden Rader, Eva Kuehn, Ian Ban, Isabella Lovelace, Jacob Alejandro, Jesse Rost, Kaylie McEvoy, Kon Knueppel, Madison Sipe, Mason Ruh, Micah Buske, Nathaniel Crowder, Noel Greene, Reagan Godager, Rhiannon Gantner, Riley Rindfleisch, Samuel Goede, Sarah Laufer, Silas Ebeling, Sofia Chasco, Tony Jones, Wenli Chen, and William Eft.

Special congratulations to Alyssa Ebeling who is co-valedictorian of the WLHS Class of 2021!

Blessings,
Dan



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April 1, 2021

Dear Christian Parents:

He is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Christians have greeted one another on Easter Sunday with these words for centuries. It’s a very simple greeting that cuts right to the heart of the Easter message. Think about it. Jesus was whipped, beaten bloody, and crucified. Soldiers pierced his side to be sure that he was really dead. He was laid in a tomb. Soldiers were stationed to guard the tomb. None of this could stop Jesus from finishing what he came to do. After three days, the tomb could not hold him. Jesus rose! We can speak these simple words so easily, but let’s not forget their deep meaning for us. Because Jesus rose, we too will rise! Death could not hold the Son of God. Death will not hold us either! 

He is risen! Happy Easter!

Divine Call News

On Sunday, the voters of St. John’s Lutheran Church called Mrs. Carol Markgraf to replace Mrs. Campbell as our K4 teacher beginning next school year. Mrs. Markgraf (yes, she is my wife) is currently teaching preschool at St. John’s in Newburg. She has experience teaching mostly preschool and kindergarten over the last 33 years. Because the timing is short, and because her decision impacts other called workers and congregations, Carol has accepted our call! We thank God for the years that Mrs. Campbell has faithfully served at St. John’s! We pray that God will continue to bless her ministry at Peace in Hartford. We also give thanks to God for providing a willing servant to fill the opening on our staff. Join me in praying that St. John’s in Newburg is able to fill their vacancy. As the “call season” comes to an end in just 2 weeks, be with all those congregations who continue to call for pastors and teachers to fill their pulpits and classrooms. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few!

Easter/Spring Break

Our Easter/Spring Break begins after classes are dismissed today. There will be no school tomorrow, April 2, through Friday, April 9. Classes will resume at the regular times on Monday, April 12. May God grant each of us a restful, safe, and blessed break as we gear up for the final stretch of the 2020-2021 school year!

Worship Opportunities

Don’t forget about the worship opportunities that we have at St. John’s over this weekend. We’ll have special services today for Maundy Thursday, tomorrow for Good Friday, and on Sunday for our Easter celebration. Because the seating in the sanctuary is capped at 120, please register here if you plan to attend in person. If you are not able to join us in person, please join us online for live-streamed or recorded services. Live-streamed and recorded services can be found here.

Mask Mandate

There's a lot of discussion around the state about yesterday's State Supreme Court ruling on the governor's executive order to mandate masks. While the state mandate is on longer in effect, the Wauwatosa mask mandate does remain. It is going to be reviewed by the city leaders next week. It's important for us to understand that this is an issue that can be very polarizing, and people have very strong feelings about it. There are two principles that we'll continue to follow at St. John's. The first is love. God's love for us leads us to show love for one another. Let's not let viewpoints on masks that are different from our own cause division; rather, let's show love and understanding for those who see it differently. The second principle is obedience to the government. Since the local government still has a mask mandate in effect, we should honor it. 

Thanks to those who have provided feedback about the mandate. The Board of Education will be keeping an eye on the local mandate, and I'll let you know if anything changes. 

Blessings,
Dan



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March 25, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

Three of my grandchildren came over for a visit last night. They couldn’t wait to share the pictures that they had drawn yesterday for their grandma. They were so proud of the work that they had put into those pictures! When we are proud of something that we have, we want to share it with others, too! One of the things that we can be proud of is what God has done at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School. In his grace and mercy, he gives us the privilege to be the messengers of his amazing message of love and forgiveness in Jesus! Do you have friends, relatives and neighbors who need to hear that message? Invite them to join us for worship next week; there are many opportunities to join us in person or online (see a list below). Are your friends, relatives and neighbors looking for a school for their children – a school where Biblical, Christian values are taught throughout a curriculum which prepares students for success in high school and  beyond? Invite them to check out our website (www.sjtosa.org) and call to schedule a tour! We have openings in just about every grade level for next year – starting with two-year-old preschool through eighth grade.

Divine Call News

Mrs. Pastorek announced last weekend that she has returned the call to Sienna, Texas. We're thankful that Mrs. Pastorek will continue to serve us at St. John's! Mrs. Campbell announced that she has accepted the call to Peace, Hartford, where she will be teaching kindergarten next year. We're so thankful for the years that Mrs. Campbell has served at St. John's and the many lives that she has touched. We will miss her dedicated service to our Lord, and we pray that God will bless her work at Peace in Hartford beginning next school year!

Call Meeting

Because Mrs. Campbell accepted her call to Peace in Hartford, the voters of St. John's will be holding a call meeting this Sunday, March 28, to consider calling a replacement for Mrs. Campbell. The meeting will be at about 11:45 in the fellowship hall (church basement). We have requested a list of candidates from the District President for this part-time call. This call is for 3/4 of full time to teach K4 in our Early Learning Center. Pray that God will help us to have the staff that we need to carry out the work that he has given us to do!

Report Cards

The third quarter ended last week Friday. Report cards are being sent home today. Please be sure to keep the report card, but sign and return the envelope to your child's teacher!

Easter/Spring Break

Our spring break will begin next week Friday. There will be no school on Friday, April 2, and there will be no school the next week. School will resume on Monday, April 12. I pray that all who are able to get away for break this year may have a safe and enjoyable week! And if you’re staying close to home, enjoy that, too!

Holy Week Worship Services

The worship service schedule for Holy Week has been set. Please consider whether you will attend in person or online! If you plan to worship in person, please be sure to complete the registration form online.

  • Sunday, March 28 – Palm Sunday - 8:00 and 10:30
  • Thursday, April 1 – Maundy Thursday - 3:30 and 6:45
  • Friday, April 2 – Good Friday - 1:00, 3:00 and 6:45
  • Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday - 6:00, 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30

Forensics

Our fifth and sixth graders are competing in the WLHS Forensics competition this weekend! Good luck and God's blessings on your presentations!

Blessings,

Dan



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March 18, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

We reach another milestone tomorrow – the end of the third quarter! As some schools around the country are still having a debate about whether or not they can open, we praise God for the opportunity that we’ve had to be in school for these three quarters. May God continue to bless us with a safe and healthy fourth quarter! God is good! All the time!

Divine Calls

Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Pastorek plan to have their call decisions announced this weekend. Please continue to pray for these ladies and their families whether they continue to serve here at St. John’s or decide to begin their ministries in a new place. Please also continue to pray for all of our congregations who are looking for pastors and teachers to fill their pulpits and classrooms. This is a great reminder of how we have been blessed at St. John’s to have the staff that we require to carry out the work that God has given us to do!

End of Third Quarter

Tomorrow, March 19, is the final day of the third quarter! Please look for report cards to come home next week. As always, please keep the report card, but return the envelope with your signature!

Mid-Week Lenten Service

The final mid-week Lenten service is next Wednesday, March 24. Services are at 3:30 and 6:45. Please remember to register to attend because attendance in the sanctuary is limited to 120 people. The online registration can be found here.

If you would like your child to stay after school to attend the service next week at 3:30, please also register here by Tuesday evening. If there are only a few students, we’ll take them to church. If there are more, we will watch the service in one of the classrooms. Children should be picked up by 4:30, or they will be taken to childcare and may be picked up there.

Holy Week Worship Services

The worship service schedule for Holy Week has been set. Please consider whether you will attend in person or online! If you plan to worship in person, please be sure to complete the registration form online.

  • Sunday, March 28 – Palm Sunday - 8:00 and 10:30
  • Thursday, April 1 – Maundy Thursday - 3:30 and 6:45
  • Friday, April 2 – Good Friday - 1:00, 3:00 and 6:45
  • Sunday, April 4 – Easter Sunday - 6:00, 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30

Spring Break

Spring break (Easter) will begin after school on Thursday, April 1. Classes will resume on Monday, April 12.

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

The Board of Education approved the calendar for next school year at their regular meeting this week. The first day of school will be on Tuesday, August 24, and the last day of school will be Thursday, May 26, 2022! The dates of some of the activities may be changed, but the schedule of school and vacation days should be accurate. Here is a link to a copy of the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar.

Because we’re starting school on a Tuesday, our Back to School night will be on Sunday, August 22. I know it’s a long way off, but please put that on your calendar. We’re hoping that we can return to normal by then, and that we can invite everyone to come for a great end-of-summer and back-to-school celebration!

Forensics Festival

There will be a Forensics Festival for 5th and 6th graders at Wisconsin Lutheran High School on Saturday, March 27. Our 5th and 6th graders have been working hard on their presentations. They’re getting their practice in this week by presenting to the lower grade classrooms. Many of our students will be participating in the festival in another week. Good luck, Crusaders!

Water Bottle Collection

Thanks to all of the families for sending water bottles to school this year! One of the changes we made due to the virus was to tape off the drinking fountains (bubblers?). With an increase in the number of water bottles in the building, there’s also an increase in the lost and found. I’m sure they’re related somehow! In case you’ve been missing a bottle. Here’s a picture of some that have been left behind. If one of these is yours, please come to the office and pick it up!

Blessings,

Dan



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March 11, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

I’ve always enjoyed this time of year. I take notice of how much snow has disappeared from one day to the next. I look ahead to how much more daylight there will be next week compared to this week. I think about Lent leading up to Easter. I hope that you’re finding time to participate in the Lenten worship services this year. I understand that the 3:30 Lenten services and the Lenten suppers at St. John’s were a big hit among school families. Like so many other things, that’s different this year. But I hope that it’s not preventing you from gathering with your family – in person or online – and meditating on the reason for Jesus’s incarnation. He became one of us so that he could pay for our sins and give us an eternity with him in heaven. There are two more mid-week services where we will continue to be reminded of that fact. Join us! It will make that Easter victory even sweeter!

Midweek Lenten Services

We have two midweek Lenten services left this season. Wednesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 24, are the final two weeks. Services are at 3:30 and 6:45. Please remember to register to attend because attendance in the sanctuary is limited to 120 people. The online registration can be found here.

If you would like your child to stay after school and watch the Lenten worship service being live-streamed, please register ahead of time here. If there are only a few students, we will take them to church. If there are more, we will watch the service in one of the classrooms. Children should be picked up by 4:30, or they will be taken to childcare and may be picked up there.

Divine Calls

Mr. Hackbarth announced his decision to remain at St. John’s! He returned his call to St. Paul’s Lutheran School in St. James, MN. Mrs. Pastorek continues to deliberate her call to teach upper grade English/Language Arts at Divine Savior Academy in Sienna Missouri City, TX. Mrs. Campbell has also received a divine call to serve as kindergarten teacher at Peace Lutheran School in Hartford. Please keep Mrs. Pastorek and Mrs. Campbell in your prayers! Thank God for these teachers! Please feel free to share your encouragements with them as they consider their gifts and ministries. May the Lord of the Church provide workers for all of these ministries as he sees fit!

In case you’re wondering, the “Call Season” for teachers in the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod ends on April 15. So, we have about another month during which our teachers could receive calls from another congregation. Our Synod does have some guidelines that they follow regarding teachers receiving calls. There’s a limit of two calls per teacher per school year, and six weeks must pass between returning one call and being eligible to receive another. Also, a teacher generally may not be called until he or she is in the third year of the current call. Across our Synod, there are 150 or more teacher vacancies. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few!

2021-2022 Enrollment

Thanks to those who have helped our re-enrollments for next year grow to 165 students! Some students are still in “Started” mode, while others have not yet been started. If you have not submitted your re-enrollment for next year, you should have received an email either from me or from Gradelink. The email from Gradelink has the information that you need to get the re-enrollment completed. If you haven’t completed it, can you please get that taken care of? Please note that only preschool and kindergarten students are required to pay the $75 registration fee. No tuition or other payments for 2021-2022 need to be made until this summer. If you know that your child will not be returning to St. John’s next year, please let us know. That will help us to make our best plans for next year.

End of the Third Quarter

The third quarter will be coming to an end next Friday, March 19! How time flies! Students are encouraged to get all of their work turned in so that teachers can get grades taken and entered. Report cards will be coming home on Thursday, March 25.

Easter/Spring Break

Our Easter Break (Spring Break) will be the first week of April. There is no school on Friday, April 2, through Friday, April 9. Classes resume on Monday, April 12.

2021-2022 Calendar

The Board of Education is scheduled to approve the 2021-2022 school year calendar at their meeting next week. The calendar will be shared next week after it has been approved! The proposed first day of school is Tuesday, August 24.

Blessings,
Dan



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February 25, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

I want to take one more opportunity to thank everyone for your patience at drop-off and pick-up time. We had some extremely challenging times with vehicles not making it up the icy Dewey Ave in the last couple of weeks. We also had an ever-shrinking parking lot that created some traffic and parking challenges due to growing snow piles. I’m sure there were times that you may have been annoyed or became a bit impatient, but we all survived! I hope that these situations didn’t make you late for work or any other appointments! Thanks again to those who helped move some of the snow to provide more space for parking and traffic!

I know that it’s still February, and anything can still happen, but I hope that these challenges brought about by the snow and cold are behind us for this year! If we are challenged by another snowstorm or two, we know that we can handle it!

No School

There will be no school next Thursday and Friday, March 4-5. These were the dates that had been scheduled for our Metro Milwaukee WELS Teachers’ Conference. This conference was cancelled due to COVID, but our teachers will still be meeting at St. John’s on Thursday. Have a great little break, and we’ll see you back on March 9 as we roll on toward Easter!

Divine Call

Please continue to keep Mr. Hackbarth in your prayers as he continues to deliberate his calls to St. John’s and to St. Paul’s in St. James, MN. St. Paul’s has called Mr. Hackbarth to teach grades 2-4 and to start a Spanish program. There’s also potential for Spanish outreach in the community of St. James. In addition to your prayers, Mr. Hackbarth would welcome hearing any thoughts you have about his gifts and his ministry at St. John’s. Please also pray for all of the schools and churches around the country who are waiting for God to answer their calls for workers!

2021-2022 Enrollment

This is the weekend by which we are hoping that all returning students have completed re-enrollment in Gradelink. This will be very helpful to us as we make our plans for next school year. If you need us to send the enrollment information to you again, please let us know – send a request to  school@sjtosa.org or dan.markgraf@sjtosa.org . Some enrollments are still in “started” stage and need to be completed. Some families have completed enrollment for one child, but still need to go back and finish a second child. Thanks for taking care of this at your early convenience! If you have any trouble with Gradelink, please let me know.

We also continue to accept applications for new students. If you know someone who is looking for a preschool or elementary school, please let them know about St. John’s. Here’s a link to our website where new families can request additional information. Feel free to share this with your friends! Word of Mouth is one of the best ways for us to get the word out!

Mid-Week Lenten Services

Our mid-week Lenten services continue next Wednesday, March 3, at 3:30 and 6:45. We invite you to worship in person or online. If you are worshipping in person, please register ahead of time using this link. Space is limited to the first 120 people. If you are worshipping  online, click here for the livestream at 3:30 or the archived service later.

Lenten Worship in the Classroom

If you would like your child to stay after school and watch the Lenten worship service being live-streamed, please register ahead of time here. If there are only a few students, we will take them to church. If there are more, we will watch the service in one of the classrooms. Children should be picked up by 4:30, or they will be taken to childcare and may be picked up there.

Blessings,

Dan



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February 18, 2021

Dear Christian Parents:

Have you heard of WOMPing? No, it’s not the latest recess game. No, it’s not what we hope JJ Watt is going to do in a Packer uniform next season (well, maybe it is…). WOMPing stands for “Word of Mouth Promoting.” Word of mouth is generally considered one of the most effective forms of recruitment for good schools or businesses. We can be proud of what we offer at St. John’s. We provide a solid education that is going to prepare our students for success in high school and beyond. We also offer the one thing that our kids need most for this life and eternity– the good news of a Savior who is revealed to us in God’s Word! In our new Early Learning Center and in our Lutheran Elementary School, we have openings for new students to enroll. If you  know of someone who is looking for what we have to offer, please direct them to our website or have them give the office a call. The “Contact Us” link on our website has a form that they could use to receive more information about our school. WOMP away!

Mid-Week Lenten Services

Our journey with Jesus to the cross continues next week Wednesday in our mid-week Lenten services. The services are at 3:30 and 6:45. Because our capacity is limited, we are asking people to register ahead of time if you plan to attend. You may find the registration information here. We are also offering the option for students to remain at school to watch the service on live-stream. We only had a few students sign up yesterday, so we ended up just taking them to the sanctuary for the service. If there are more children staying after school for the service, we will keep them at school to watch in the classroom. If you would like your child to remain at school for the worship service on Wednesday, February 24, at 3:30, please register here by Tuesday evening.

Mid-Term

We reached the half-way point of the third quarter last week Friday. Students should be bringing home their mid-term report cards today. Please look for them! You may keep the report, but please sign and return the envelope to your child’s teacher.

Divine Call News

Miss Treder has announced her decision to remain at St. John’s. She has returned her divine call to St. Paul’s, Beverly Hills, FL. We’re thankful that she will continue to use her gifts at St. John’s! Mr. Hackbarth continues to consider his call to St. Paul’s in St. James, MN, where he has been called to teach grades 2-4 and begin a Spanish program as well as be involved in Hispanic outreach. If you have thoughts to share with Mr. Hackbarth about his gifts and his call here at St. John’s compared to the call to St. Paul’s, please feel free to contact him! Also, keep these and all calling bodies in your prayers! It’s such a critical time for our congregations to have called workers who can carry out the ministries that these they plan to do.

No School

There will be no school on Thursday or Friday, March 4-5. Our teachers were scheduled to participate in the Metro Teachers’ Conference. That conference has been cancelled this year, but our teachers will be gathering at St. John’s to do some important work and then to have a little time for themselves to prepare for the next few weeks before the Easter break.

Black History Month

Next Thursday afternoon, February 25, Pastor Robinson from Fairview Lutheran Church will be addressing our upper grade students as we observe Black History Month. Pastor Robinson has recently accepted a call to serve at Martin Luther College, so we are blessed to have him speak to our students before he leaves the Milwaukee area! Pastor Robinson is uniquely qualified to speak to our students about our gracious God who has a love people of all races and ethnicities and wants all people to be saved! We thank Pastor Robinson for sharing this never  changing message at such a time as this.

Re-Enrollment

We’re getting there! Our goal is to have all of our current students complete the re-enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year through Gradelink. If you have a child who will be returning next year, please get the registration information entered. You should have received an email from Gradelink with the information that is needed to find St. John’s and complete the registration information. If you know of someone who is interested in enrolling at St. John’s for next year, please let them know that the enrollment period has begun. New students should use this link to submit an application for next year’s enrollment. Please remember that there is a $75 registration fee for kindergarten and preschool. That may be paid on Gradelink using a credit card or ACH, or it may be paid with cash in the school office. If you have any questions or trouble with Gradelink, please let me know!

Singing in Church

The first and second grade classrooms have pre-recorded a song that will be played in the worship services this weekend. Please remember that we’ve raised our capacity to 120 in the sanctuary. Register to come in person, or watch the live-stream version at home!

Blessings,
Dan



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February 11, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

Cards? Flowers? Chocolates? Heart-shaped cookies? What does Valentine’s Day look like at your house? What’s the treat or gift that will best show your love for that special person or special people in your life? We like to show our love for our children or our spouse by giving them a special gift, but what can we give to God? He already has it all, right? And everything that we would try to give him is so imperfect. But like a parent who hangs a scribbled portrait from their youngster proudly on the refrigerator, God treasures our attempts to please and serve him. He does that not because our efforts are that great, but because he made us his own through the precious blood of his only son. Heavenly Father, may all of our thoughts, words, and actions be an expression of our love for you and a response for everything have done for us! God is good! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Midweek Lenten Services

Wednesday, February 17, is Ash Wednesday. For the next six Wednesdays, we will be having mid-week worship opportunities at St. John’s. There will be services at 3:30 and 6:45. In order to keep the numbers of people in attendance at an acceptable number, we are still requiring people to register for worship in order to reserve a spot. To sign up to attend church in person, please click here. For those who are not able to attend in person, the 3:30 service will be live-streamed and archived for viewing later.

We are also inviting fifth-eighth graders to stay at school to watch the livestream if they are not able to attend with their families. Supervision will be provided in the classrooms for those who wish to stay. In order to help us plan, please register your child to attend worship in the classroom by clicking here. This will be for children in grades five through eight. If you have younger children who would like to watch the live-stream at school, please contact us and we’ll try to accommodate having them stay for the service as well. Please let us know that by Tuesday, February 16. Students who attend the live-stream worship in the classroom should be picked up by 4:30.

Divine Call News

Miss Treder is still considering her call to teach 2nd grade at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Beverly Hills, FL. Mr. Hackbarth received a divine call last weekend to St. Paul’s Lutheran School in St. James, MN, to teach 2nd – 4th grade and Spanish.  Pastor Schroeder announced that he has returned his call to serve as professor at Martin Luther College, and he will remain at St. John’s! Please continue to pray for these workers and the calling bodies. May the Lord of the Church provide workers as he sees fit!

Presidents’ Day

In observance of Presidents’ Day, there will be no school on Monday, February 15.

Mid-Term

Friday, February 12, marks the third quarter mid-term. Mid-term reports will be sent home with the children next Thursday. Be sure to monitor your child’s assignments and grades on PowerSchool!

Gradelink

Thanks to all who have submitted their re-enrollment forms on Gradelink. If you have not done so, please complete that process by the end of the month. If you need help, please contact the office, and we’ll try to get you the help that you need! Please be patient as we work out some of the bugs and find the best way to use the features of Gradelink. Parents of preschool and kindergarten students should be sure to make the $75 registration fee payment. You may use credit card or ACH payment through Gradelink, or you may pay with check or cash at school. No other tuition payments for the 2021-2022 school year will be due until August.

Basketball

Congratulations to our basketball teams on their seasons, and thanks to the coaches for their hours of extra time to work with our kids! This weekend, our B Girls and B1 Boys will be finishing their seasons with a tournament at Trinity, Caledonia. Good luck, Crusaders!

Black History Month

We are privileged to welcome Pastor Aaron Robinson from Fairview Lutheran Church! Pastor Robinson will be addressing our upper graders on Thursday, February 25, as we celebrate Black History Month. Pastor Robinson has served in the Milwaukee area for many years, and he recently accepted a call to serve at Martin Luther College.

 

Blessings,
Dan



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February 4, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

Happy February! It’s exciting to see things beginning to get back to normal all around us – and I’m not really talking about the snow and cold! Hopefully we can make it through the deep-freeze for the next week, and then spring will be just around the corner, right? Keep warm everyone! Be safe!

Open House

This is one final reminder about our open house coming up this weekend. If you know of anyone who is looking for a preschool (age 2-4) or Lutheran Elementary School for next year, please invite them to our open house on Sunday, February 7, from 11:30-1:00. We are asking families to register ahead of time so that we don’t have too many people in a classroom at once. Registration may be found here.

Cold Weather

I hope that you’ve looked ahead to the weather forecast for the next week or so – although I’m sure you wish that you hadn’t! The weather looks to be turning quite a bit colder for the next week. That means that there will certainly be more indoors recesses, but please be sure that your kids are dressed for the weather anyway! There are no plans for St. John’s to close due to cold weather as we do not have kids that need to wait at a bus stop, etc. We will be keeping an eye on today’s weather. Please stay tuned for any announcements that might need to be made about this afternoon or after school practices.

Gradelink

All returning students should be submitting re-enrollment forms through Gradelink. Information was sent to all returning families. If you did not get an email from them, or if you have lost track of it, please let us know and we’ll have them send another one. Thanks to the parents of over 100 students for getting that done! Also remember, if you have a child in preschool or kindergarten, there is a $75 registration fee. That fee is paid on Gradelink with a credit card or eCheck from your bank account. You may also drop off cash or a check at school for that registration fee. No other fees or tuition for next year will need to be paid until later in the summer.

To help make the re-enrollment process easier, you should use a computer or web browser. Do not use the app for re-enrollment. Hopefully the app will become a very useful tool for monitoring your student’s grades and your financial accounts, but it is not intended for the first step – enrollment. So, if you’ve had trouble with that, please try again on a computer or web browser.

Thank You!

Even in this very strange year, there are many volunteers that help to keep things going at St. John’s! The largest groups of “volunteers” are the coaches, committee members and the folks with the CES. What a blessing they have all been to our students and teachers.  I hesitate to call out some volunteers, because I will undoubtedly leave some out. There are, however, a few people who have done some wonderful things for our school this year. Thanks to Kerry Kuehn for his work replacing several ceramic floor tiles over the Christmas break! Thanks also to Brian Eft for moving a whole bunch of snow off of our parking lot! Thanks to Kerry Ognenoff for her work in the school library, and Julie Handeland for her work with the handbell choir! Thanks to all of the other volunteers who give of their time and talents out of service to their Lord and to help St. John’s Lutheran School!

Presidents’ Day

There will be no school on Monday, February 15, as we observe Presidents’ Day.

Black History Month

We are privileged to welcome Pastor Aaron Robinson from Fairview Lutheran Church! Pastor Robinson will be addressing our upper graders on Thursday, February 25, as we celebrate Black History Month. Pastor Robinson has served in the Milwaukee area for many years, and he recently accepted a call to serve at Martin Luther College.

Blessings,
Dan



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January 28, 2021

Dear Christian Parents:

Snow Day Announcements

I hope that you all made it through the snow day on Tuesday without too much trouble! I also hope that our communication with you about the snow day was timely. There are a number of ways that the information was sent out – in case you missed it. Please remember that the best way for you to receive instant notification is through Remind. I’m repeating the information about getting signed up for notifications from Remind below. Information was also sent out to all families through email. In addition to that, there was an announcement on our FaceBook page. Finally, we reported the closing to several news stations. WISN (Channel 12), TMJ4, and Fox (channel 6) were all contacted through their websites to make an announcement about school closing. These will all be our normal methods of communication for school closing.

Re-Enrollment

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve had our re-enrollment active through Gradelink. The parents of all returning students should have received an email from Gradelink with login information for you to re-enroll for the 2021-2022 school year. If you did not get one of these, please let me know and we’ll have Gradelink send another one!

If you have a child returning to St. John’s for kindergarten or preschool next year, please make every effort to complete the online re-enrollment within the next few days. We’re anticipating quite a bit of activity at our Open House next weekend, and we want to be sure to save a spot in our preschool for our returning students. If you have any difficulty with the process, please contact me, Miss Wendland or Mrs. Vitangcol.

For students in preschool and kindergarten, there is a $75 registration fee. Right now that can be paid with credit card online, or with cash or check in person at school. We’re working on getting ACH set up with Gradelink so that could be another option. Please be patient as that set-up process is a little more involved. Also remember, you shouldn’t need to worry about tuition for 2021-2022 or other fees for 2021-2022 until August.

Open House

Our School Open House will be on Sunday, February 7, from 11:30-1:00. Families who would like to visit our preschool are asked to complete an online reservation form to reserve their spot. The reservation form can be found here. If you haven’t heard how our early childhood ministry is changing, you might be interested to view the St. John’s Spotlight from this past weekend. The video is available here. Please spread the word to those who may be looking for a preschool or elementary school for their children. We’d love to share what we’re doing at St. John’s with them! We have a few yard signs left to advertise our Early Learning Center. If you would like to put one in your yard, please let Miss Wendland know!

Remind

We use Remind to send a quick text message about important things – like school closing due to weather. It would be good for you to register to receive these important messages. Here are the instructions once again in case you have not signed up yet:

 

(last names A-G): text @sjtosaa-g to the number 81010
You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.
If you have trouble with 81010, try texting @sjtosaa-g to (618) 987-4082.
 
(last names H-N): text @sjtosah-n to the number 81010
You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.
If you have trouble with 81010, try texting @sjtosah-n to (618) 987-4082.
 
(last names O-Z): text @sjtosao-z to the number 81010
You’ll receive a welcome text from Remind.
If you have trouble with 81010, try texting @sjtosao-z to (618) 987-4082.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up Traffic

We continue to lose parking lot space with each snowfall. This can make for some tight traffic during peak drop-off and pick-up times. Please continue to be patient as we try to keep things moving as smoothly as possible under the circumstances. You can help by pulling ahead at either end of the building, if you are able, before stopping to let your children out or pick them up. It’s also helpful if your children have everything ready to go when you stop the car at drop-off. We will do our best to have the children ready to get into the car at pick-up time. Please also do your best to maintain two lanes of traffic along the building. That will allow some to get out of the line, making room for others that need to stop by the front door.

Divine Call News

Miss Treder and Pastor Schroeder are still considering their divine calls. Miss Treder’s call is to St. Paul’s in Beverly Hills, FL, and Pastor Schroeder’s call is to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Keep both of these servants in your prayers as they consider their gifts, their ministries at St. John’s, and the ministries to which they’ve also been called.

Wisconsin State Taxes

The state of Wisconsin allows those who itemize to deduct the tuition payments for your child to attend our school.  To make use of this deduction you will need the Federal ID number of St. John’s - which is 39-0986622.  If you need to know the amount that you paid in 2020 contact school@sjtosa.org for the tuition number and for Childcare contact childcare@sjtosa.org.

Blessings,
Dan



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